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Conference Programme

Time Details
13:00 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
13:30
Plenary 1
Bringing the economic benefits home
Projects in Scottish waters are finally starting to build out, and with them comes economic impact which spreads far further than the ports and harbours along our east coast. The lessons we will learn from these offshore wind projects will help us understand how to increase productivity and drive innovation - critical elements of a strong Scottish economy. This session will explore offshore wind’s industrial impacts across the UK and explore how successes in places like the Humber and East Anglia can be reproduced in Scotland. 
 
Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager - Offshore, Ørsted
Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables
 
Q & A
14:40 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
15:20
Plenary  2A
Market outlook: Scotland, UK and the world
Industry is ramping up to deliver at least 30GW by 2030 - but with the price of offshore wind tumbling, ambitions are rightly growing. Contracts for Difference will remain key, but is change on the horizon? And with new sites needed, how are the Scottish and UK Government auctions for new site leases shaping up?
 
Chair
Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
 
Speakers
David Pratt, Head of Planning & Strategy,  Marine Scotland
 
Q & A 
16:30
Plenary 2B
Supply chain: opportunities for growth
With new projects underway along Scotland’s coasts, attention has rightly turned to building a supply chain for the long term. Two Scottish clusters have been formed to capitalise on new opportunities coming from the Sector Deal struck with the UK Government in 2019. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership is one of these opportunities; so join this session to find out how it, and other new initiatives from the Scottish Government, will help Scotland build on its strong supply chain foundations.
 
Chair
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications & Strategy, Scottish Renewables
 
Panellists
Andrew McDonald, Programme Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
Paul O’Brien, Senior Development Manager, DeepWind
Allan Taylor, Head of Renewables Supply Chain, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
 
Q & A
17:30
Closing remarks
 
Following the close of day 1, all delegates, exhibitors and speakers are invited to join the Conference Dinner at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Click here for more information and to secure a place. 
Time Details
08:45 Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:15
Plenary 3
Power from the seas: offshore wind’s place in Scotland
Scotland’s offshore wind story is well underway, delivering economic benefits across the country, with the potential for much more. With Scottish and UK climate ambitions 
upped to target net-zero emissions, what is the role of offshore wind in the future energy mix and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead as we strive to deliver more projects in Scotland’s seas?
10:30 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
11:15
Parallel 4A
Planning for sustainable growth
With deployment and ambition growing, how can we grow Scotland’s offshore wind industry while remaining sensitive to the environment in which it operates? With a number of cross-industry programmes underway to improve the data available on the marine environment and better quantify potential impacts, this session will explore how improving our understanding of the marine environment can support future deployment.
 
Chair
Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
 
Speaker
Sue O’Brien, Senior Marine Ornithologist, JNCC
 
Q & A
11:15 Parallel 4B
Solving the integration challenge
How do we effectively and efficiently build towards 30GW, then 75GW and more of offshore wind on the UK grid? Integrating and optimising the rapidly-expanding offshore wind fleet onto the grid presents challenges and opportunities that lie at the heart of achieving a net-zero economy. This session will examine those challenges and some of the key technologies which are coming on-stream to address them.
 
Chair
Andy Hogg, Head of Energy Industries Division, Scottish Government
 
Speakers
Dr Zeynep Kurban, Strategy Manager – System Integration of Renewables, ORE Catapult
Dr Callum MacIver, Programme Manager - Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub, University of Strathclyde
 
Q & A
12:30 Networking, Refreshments & Exhibition
13:45
Parallel 5A
Tackling the barriers
Scotland’s geography and climate present unique opportunities and challenges to the industry. Is our transmission system up to the task, and how can we coexist with other marine users? Can finance help further reduce the cost of energy and what innovative approaches are needed in our deeper waters and higher wind speeds? Join this session to hear about some of the industry’s key barriers and how they are being tackled in Scotland’s dynamic industry.
13:45 Parallel 5B
Tomorrow’s tech Top Trumps
A quick-fire round of the latest innovations making waves in offshore wind. 
From AI to zero-carbon, this session will examine some of the new technologies and fresh approaches to old problems that will be essential if offshore wind is to realise its potential and capture the huge economic opportunity in the UK supply chain.
15:00 Networking, Refreshments and Exhibition
15:45
Plenary 6
Project updates
Quick-fire round of updates from the developers of offshore wind projects in the planning and development phase around Scotland, giving an insight into the upcoming development pipeline for the Scottish sector.
16:45 Closing remarks
16:50 Event close

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